Worshiping Together in Different Places–An online worship experience on the 3rd Sunday of Advent (Year B)

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Advent 3 – Chara: Joy        The Bible Project

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A closeup of The Sermon of Saint John the Baptist (1566), Pieter Bruegel the Elder (b. 1526-1530; d. 1569), Museum of Fine Art in Budapest

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Welcome to Worship on the third Sunday of Advent, December 13, 2020.

During this time of worship you may wish to have a candle to light and to have bread and a beverage for communion — whatever you have available will be sufficient.

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Seasonal Reflection        Mystery of the Messiah (John 1:6-8, 19-26)        Dr. Paul Glass

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Scripture Reading        John 1:6-8, 19-28 (NRSV)

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Week of Joy        Prepare Ye        Godspell, 1973

“John’s singing echoes through the city, beckoning everyday people to come to the fountain and be baptized. It’s a time of jubilation, everyone splashing around in the water. The people living everyday lives have heard the call, and have answered. This turns their lives from ordinary to extraordinary.”

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Acknowledgement of Land

(An act towards reconciliation)

For thousands of years, First Nations people have walked on this land; their relationship with the land is at the center of their lives and spirituality.  We are gathered on the traditional territory of the Coastal Salish and Puyallup people, and we acknowledge their stewardship of this land throughout the ages.

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GATHERING & EXPLORING

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Gathering Song        Ode to Joy – Beethoven Symphony No.9        Sabadell Flash Mob

“Mortals join the mighty chorus which the morning stars began
Father love is reigning o’er us Brother love binds man to man
Ever singing march we onward victors in the midst of strife
Joyful music lifts us Sonward in the triumph song of life”

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Set apart your worship space by lighting a candle along with the video clip. The light of the candle symbolizes the presence of the Holy wherever we are.

You can find all of the lectionary readings for Sunday, December 13, 2020 here: https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/texts.php?id=50

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Welcome · Advent Candle · Moment of Wonder · Scripture · Sermon

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AFFIRMING

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Song of Response        Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming        Folks and Hymns

“To show God’s love aright,
She bore to us a Savior,
When half spent was the night.

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Offering

There are a number of ways to contribute financially when we are unable to attend worship in person:

• Make a one-time donation or manage ongoing, automatic giving on our secure website page: https://fccpuyallup.com/donate

• Use our mobile app to set up one-time or ongoing giving from your phone. Download the GivePlus app from the App Store or Google Play to your smartphone and then search for “First Christian Church” using our zip code, 98371.

• Send checks by mail to: First Christian Church, 623 9th Ave. SW, P.O. Box 516, Puyallup, WA  98371

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CELEBRATING & BLESSING

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During this video clip you are invited to share the elements of communion which you have set aside for this worship time.  Bread, crackers, juice, wine, or water–all are signs of Christ’s abiding presence with us.

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Communion

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Closing Benediction        Thank You for the Sunrise (based on Luke 1:78-79)        Irene Born

A new day is dawning!
Despite what we see and hear in the world around us,
the sunrise is coming.
When it comes, it will break through the darkness of our world—
darkness caused by violence and death and hunger and despair.
And all those who now sit huddled in the shadows
will be able to rise and walk with confidence in the light.
So go from here with courage and hope,
to love and serve the Lord.

Amen.

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Closing Song        Joy to the World!        Mormon Tabernacle Choir

“Let heaven and nature sing…
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
Repeat the sounding joy”

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Advent announcements:

· Photo-a-Day Advent Calendar:  1. Reflect on the daily word, 2. Take a new photo defining the word, 3. Send it to webmaster@fccpuyallup.com to be added to our Advent calendar.  For word prompts and to see the calendar coming together visit www.fccpuyallup.com/advent-together

· FCC Advent devotional:  A Thrill of Hope: The Weary World Rejoices  E-Book:  Scan the QR code at left or click here to read as an eBook, or PDF:  click here to download a PDF   .

 


Guest Preacher: Karrin Lewis; Elders: Ric Rose & Terry Forslund; Scripture Reader: MaryDarlene Cieszynski; Moment of Wonder: Gretchen Mertes

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